Sentences Maketh (A Fantastic) Blog

Mediocre bloggers write mediocre sentences. You, I’m guessing, don’t want to be mediocre.

You want to be great. You believe your blog posts are fantastic.

But you see, everything you write … every blog post, story, article, paragraph … begins and ends with a sentence. Continue reading “Sentences Maketh (A Fantastic) Blog”

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Content is King. Or is it?

Is content king?

To me, that seems like a silly question. “Content is king” is a metaphor, but apparently not a very good one.

A good metaphor creates instant understanding. Given the amount of confusion and debate, the phrase “content is king” is not doing all that great a job in the instant-understanding department.

I think it’s smarter to say that content is indispensable. It’s what people go online to find, and it’s what Google loves. There are only a few online marketing models that don’t require valuable content, and those few are getting tougher by the day, and result in no long-term assets. Continue reading “Content is King. Or is it?”

How to Edit Your Blog Posts like a Boss

Write. Edit. Write. Edit. Edit. Edit. Write…

Does this sound familiar?

I bet it does…

Truth be told, I used to say that one knows a piece of writing is properly edited when he feels sick just thinking about having to read it one more time.

And it’s easy to drive yourself crazy trying to edit like that.

So… what do you have to do instead? Continue reading “How to Edit Your Blog Posts like a Boss”

How to Write a Brilliant Blog Post per Week

Today’s post is all about writing that brilliant blog. The one that is going to attract new readers, build trust with the old ones, and engage every one who stumbles upon your blog to comment…

We’ve already talked about writing a blog post in 15 minutes, which is a great skill to have, and we also tackled the issue of being consistent.

Consistently creating great content is the backbone of any blog.

But how can you make that happen? Well, one option is to caffeinated yourself to the point of near death and stay up late the night before you publish your post.

But the better option is to spread the writing and editing process over a few days. Sounds good? Continue reading “How to Write a Brilliant Blog Post per Week”

How to Blog like an Artist

A couple months ago, I wrote a blog post about blogging like an artist.

But what does that mean? When you think about it, what does “art” mean?

Is it that inner fire, the creative spark, the connection between seemingly unrelated dots, the unapologetic expression of one’s personality, the moment of real human empathy and connection?

What does art even have to do with blogging?

I’d say that art is everything around us. Art and life are so, so close to one another that at times they even touch.

And I believe that a blogger could aspire to the kind of sensibility required to be an artist.

After all, this site is called The Art of Blogging for a reason, right? Continue reading “How to Blog like an Artist”

Five Tips for Finding Time to Write

Time seems to be a Goliath that many of us David writers wrestle with.

I have a confession. I regularly struggle with my time—especially when writing fiction.

I look at my “to do” list and freak out. I’m guessing I’m not alone.

Despite the challenges we face, there are proven tactics that can really help us sit down and write.

Here are my top five tips to tackling time: Continue reading “Five Tips for Finding Time to Write”

How Not to be Boring (as a Blogger)

There’s something you need to know, and I’m afraid you’re not going to like it.

Your blog is putting me to sleep.

I gave it about three seconds of my attention…

Nothing grabbed my eye. No headline inspired me to read. No images drew me in.

And here’s the thing: it was easy for me to rid myself of your insipid writing, your bland blog. Closed my Internet Browser and that was it.

It doesn’t have to be that way. A few tweaks here, a little more effort there, and your website will stop me in my tracks.

Here’s four ways not to be boring for you to try out this week. This will not be boring… Continue reading “How Not to be Boring (as a Blogger)”

How to Write a Blog Post in 15 Minutes

Want to know the irony?

Odds are that it will probably take me more than 15 minutes to write this post.

But I know this is not why you are reading this post. You want to know how to save precious time. Because time is never enough. And how to write a blog post in 15 minutes, which is what? A bus drive? Not even that. A bit of your lunch break? A cigarette and two sips of coffee, if you’re into that sort of thing?

But please be aware of this: yes, content is king. Yes, if you can, you should spend as much time as possible writing, rewriting, editing, and polishing each of your posts. But if you’re on a tight schedule, being able to write fast is a blessing.

Writing that fast does not mean giving up on quality. If you follow these tips, you won’t be. Continue reading “How to Write a Blog Post in 15 Minutes”